Miami Fears North Texas’ Super Bowl Prowess

The North Texas Host Committee has made no secret of the fact that it hopes to so impress the NFL with Super Bowl XLV next year that Cowboys Stadium will join the regular rotation of sites for the NFL championship game, much like Miami and Phoenix have.

South Florida, which is putting on Super Bowl XLIV next month, is making a public show of its fear that Arlington could take most-favored-stadium status with the NFL. The Miami Dolphins are hoping to get taxpayers to fund a $250 million renovation of Dolphins Stadium, and they’re using $1.2 billion JerryWorld to make their case:

NFL and team executives say the renovations would let Dolphin Stadium compete with the fancier football venues that threaten South Florida’s Super Bowl dynasty — including the new $1.2 billion Dallas Cowboys stadium that will host next year’s Super Bowl.

“The reality is with these new stadiums coming online, they’re kind of outshining us,” said Rodney Barreto, a partner in a Coral Gables lobbying firm and chairman of the local Super Bowl Host Committee.

He contends that without a commitment to improve Dolphin Stadium, South Florida will lose its bid to host the Super Bowl in 2014 — a decision the NFL will make this summer.

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